The Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative Small Grants 2017

 Deadline for applications: 30 June 2017

The Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI) is starting a workshop series that is focused on the social and political processes in rural spaces that are generating alternatives to regressive, authoritarian politics.The workshop is supported by a limited number of small grants, to allow for the writing up of original research

The Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI) will focus on social and political processes across rural spaces. ERPI seeks to foster a debate about regressive, authoritarian politics as well as alternatives, documenting, analysing and theorising these in order to advance new emancipatory politics that challenge exclusionary, violent and populist visions. ERPI also aims at analysing, sharing, supporting, deepening and scaling up alternatives.

There are 3 core themes for the Initiative:

  1. The current conjuncture: rural roots and consequences;
  2. Resisting, organising and mobilising for an emancipatory rural politics;
  3. Alternatives: understanding, supporting, creating, deepening and scaling up.

ERPI aims to kick-start a wide, informed conversation on the three themes listed above, creating a platform for ongoing debate and action and seeks to engage scholars, activists, practitioners and policymakers from across the world who are both concerned about the current conjuncture, but also hopeful about alternatives. The Initiative will hold a major international conference, bringing this work together, with the aim of thinking together about new directions, both for academic research and practical action.

Key dates 

  • 24 April: Informal launch event, Vitoria, Spain
  • 30 June: Deadline for applications for small grants (see details of how to apply at: Small grants)
  • Deadline for the Final papers is 1st January 2018
  • Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative international conference will be in March/April 2018, The Hague, Netherlands.


Open to scholars, activists, practitioners and policymakers from across the world who are concerned about the current situation, and hopeful about alternatives.

Application process

Please send a short application, including a one-page abstract, a half-page-word statement on a how you will spend the funds, and a half-page short bio of all proposed authors, including name, background, affiliation and country of residence = all these in one Word format file. Applications should be sent to the email address (, with the subject line marked ERPI SMALL GRANT APPLICATION.


A limited number of $2000 small grants available for those aiming to produce Working Papers.

Visit webpage for more information here


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